Important Information for LSO Musicians
Season Kickoff Meeting
tuba - "Bydlo" from Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition - must acquire own music.
Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012: Online, virtual meeting to introduce the season, hosted by Oriol Sans, who is returning for his third season as music director!
To take part in the online meeting, go to https://connect.umms.med.umich.edu/lso12 from any computer at 7:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 9. There is a chat window for questions.
If you are not yet on an LSO mailing list, please fill out the webform now so that you can get all updates.
Auditions: School of Music, North Campus
Sept. 10, 11, 12: Evening auditions from 6:00-9:30 pm, Main Moore Bldg. map
Sept. 15: Saturday mid-day auditions – only if you absolutely can't make it on a weeknight. Held at Stearns Bldg, just up the hill. map
NOTE: There will be no other auditions besides these four days, except for percussion, who will audition on Sept. 16 at 9:00 pm at the first rehearsal.
Before signing up for an audition, first check to make sure that you can make the Jan. 30 concert. To sign up, visit: www.mysignup.com/lso12 and enter the password LSO (in capital letters). You will see a screen with audition information, and then you can scroll down to select a time for your audition. To sign up, just click "My audition" to the right of the time you want on the day you want.
The system will then ask you to fill out some basic information, including an "undo code" that you can use if you need to come back to the page and cancel or reschedule your audition. Don't forget to write down the time you select, and your undo code. If you do need to reschedule your audition, cancel your original slot first.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or encounter any difficulties.
All prospective LSO members are expected to audition, even if you have played with the LSO before. The four factors that the music director will weigh include (in no particular order) playing ability, orchestral need, prior LSO membership, and U-M life sciences affiliation. The final decision on participation is made by the music director. In the past, everyone who has auditioned on a string instrument has been able to play in the LSO. On the other hand, given the limited wind spots in an orchestra and the high interest level (for example, we have had 30+ auditioning on flute), it is unlikely we will be able to take all wind players. Interest level for each instrument changes from year to year, so we encourage everyone interested to audition. In the case where there are a limited number of spots, and there exist members of the U-M life sciences community who can fill those spots, they will take precedence over those not affiliated with the U-M life sciences community.
During auditions, you will be asked to play a short 2-3 minute excerpt (of
your choosing) from a piece that you have prepared.
We also ask that you prepare the following short excerpt (click on the
link below that corresponds to your instruments to download the
corresponding PDF file):
For woodwinds, in addition to your primary instrument audition, you are welcome to also audition for the complimentary instrument, i.e. flute – piccolo, oboe – English horn.
If you choose to do this, you will need to play three exerpts for your audition, one of your choosing, and the two posted above.
An email will be sent out on the evening of Sept. 15 giving the names of those who have been chosen for the LSO this year.
more informationemail email@example.com.
Orchestra Rehearsal Schedule
All regular rehearsals are Sundays from 7:00-9:30 pm at the School of Music Rehearsal Hall, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive at 6:45 pm to set up and warm up.
Jan. 29 - Tuesday, 6:30 pm, Dress Rehearsal, Hill Auditorium
Jan. 30 - Wednesday, 7:30 pm, Concert, Hill Auditorium
Apr. 27 - Saturday, 4:00 pm, Dress Rehearsal, Hill Auditorium
Apr. 28 - Sunday, 4:00 pm, Concert, Hill Auditorium
If you know in advance that you will need to miss 1, 2 or 3 rehearsals, please email the dates to firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also send a message to that address about any unplanned absences. Keep in mind that after three absences for any reason, your participation in the LSO concert will be at the discretion of the music director.
LSO Financial Needs
Costs have gone up substantially ($4000 more per year) for renting Hill Auditorium, and we will likely have to rent several pieces of music for the January concert.
We are asking members to contribute $50 toward the LSO at the start of the year, or $25 per semester, to help us cover the orchestra's expenses.
LSO handbooks will be distributed at the first rehearsal. If you will not be able to attend, and you need music and a handbook, please find Angela Noble at a rehearsal. A printable version of the handbook will be available here soon. Rehearsal information is always most current on the website.
LSO Attendance Policy
The LSO realizes that members of the life sciences community are extremely
busy; however, accepting a position in the LSO also means accepting a responsibility
to your fellow musicians to learn your music, attend rehearsals, and attend
concerts. If you are worried about potential conflicts with LSO rehearsals
and concerts, please contact us at email@example.com
before auditioning. Regular unexcused absences will result in dismissal
from the orchestra.
If you are interested in finding other ensembles at U-M or in the
Ann Arbor area, click here to get a list
of amateur ensembles.
Email the executive committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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